Delberta J. Palmersheim

delberta palmersheim
Delberta J. Palmersheim age 87 of Elma, IA died on Friday, March 20, 2009 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Delberta Josephine Joerger was born on April 12, 1921 to John and Laura (VanDanAcker) Joerger in Mapleton, IA. She moved with her family to Cresco in 1923 and later moved to Elma in 1931. She attended school in Cresco and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Elma in 1938 as valedictorian of her class. Delberta also attended Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. She was united in marriage to Earl Palmersheim on December 28, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma. The couple farmed in the Elma area until they retired in 1974 when they built and moved into their new home in Elma. Delberta was employed by Sara Lee in New Hampton for three years and was named employee of the year. She enjoyed baking, fishing, traveling, gardening and quilting. Delberta loved volunteering at Comp Systems and Colonial Manor in Elma. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rosary Society, Association for Retarded Children, Merry Makers, and the Friends and Neighbors Club. Delberta is survived by twelve children; Thomas (Patty) Palmersheim of Charles City, IA, Deanne (LeRoy) Webb of Cresco, IA, Peter (Connie) Palmersheim of Austin, TX, Dorothy (Joe) Weida of Traer, IA, Daniel (Marian) of Marion, IA, Roger (Patty) Palmersheim of New Hartford, IA, Mary (Mike) Wenzel of Rochester, MN, Michael (Nancy) Palmersheim of Wabasha, MN, Jerry (Mary Jane) Palmersheim of Elma, IA, Joe (Joni) Palmersheim of Atkins, IA, Edward Palmersheim of Cresco and Tim (Belinda) Palmersheim of Ankeny, IA; two sisters Gladys (Dr. Frank) Armstrong of Bakersfield, CA, Rita (Jerry) Kobliska of Arroyo Grande, CA; three brothers Wilfred (Andy) Joerger of Bakersfield, CA, Don (Margie) Joerger of Bonita Springs, FL, Art Joerger of Council Bluffs, IA; sister-in-law Gen Palmersheim of Des Moines, IA; 33 grandchildren , 47 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren, step great grandchildren and step great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl, infant son Earl; brothers Walt, Vern, John, Joe and Vince; sisters Helen, Mary, Margaret, Irene and Dorothy; granddaughter Melissa; Step grandson Jim Huxsol and two great grandsons Jackson Llewelyn and Ian Maier. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at Elma with her grandsons serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Monday, March 23, 2009 with a rosary at 4:30 PM and a scriptural wake service at 5:00 PM at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home of Elma. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1030 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma.

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  1. Delberta was a fine woman who evidenced a great faithh. My sincere condolences to the Palmersheim family.

  2. Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was a very special lady. I wish we could be home and sing at her funeral. Delberta and I always wanted to be partners in the “alto” section of the choir. She will be greatly missed.

  3. Rog, Pat and the entire Palmersheim family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

    Jon Kolbet

  4. To all of Delberta’s Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we send our most sincere sympathies. Delberta was a very special lady and a treasure that will be held close in our hearts and memories.
    Genevieve Palmersheim Family

  5. To all the Palmersheim’s:
    We are thinking of all of you. Our sincerest sympathy. Love, Ann and Pat Loftus

  6. To Ed and all of his family. I was sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I really thought alot of her. Sincerest sympathies.

  7. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you in your time of need.

  8. sorry to hear about your loss, pat remembers what a good cook Delberta was when he would go help fill silo. we know you will miss her greatly

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Knowing that Delberta is now abiding in a much better place, provides comfort to all who mourn her. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. We were so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this difficult time. Mom always spoke so highly of Delberta and has fond memories of the times they worked together in the Rosary Society. Peace!

  11. Dan & Marion:

    Thinking of you at this difficult time and sharig in the
    loss of your loved one.

  12. Deanne & LeRoy, Roger & Patty – we wish to express our sympathy to you and the rest of your families on the loss of your mother. Ramsey, MN.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. She was a very special lady and always made me happy to see her at church. I will certainly miss seeing when I come home for future visits. You have my deepest sympathy.

  14. We are sorry to hear this news. We are keeping Delberta and all her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. My sympathy to all of Delberta’s Family. A wonderful lady with always a beautiful smile. Treasure your memories.
    Louise Meirick Harris

  16. Dan and Marion and the Palmersheim family – caring
    thoughts in the loss of your Mother who must have
    been a very special lady. God bless.e9082

  17. I always enjoyed visiting Delberta every summer when I came to Elma to see Mom. We all admired her serenity, her kindness to others, and her countless good works. She and your dad were such good and supportive friends to our parents when they needed it most. I will miss her very much. Sincere condolences to all of you.

    June Kinney

  18. Dan, Marian and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this time of sorrow.
    Love, Terry Angel Jourdan Brett and Adam

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